Millwall FC – The Monty Python of English football

Michael Avery of the Millwall Supporters Association reflects on a disappointing 2018/19 season while looking ahead to another campaign in the Championship.
Michael Avery  |  4th July 2019

Bring out yer dead!

I’m not dead.

‘Ere, he says he’s not dead.

I’m getting better.

No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment.

If you re-watch the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the classic ‘Bring out yer dead!’ scene which has been paraphrased above all but sums up Millwall’s campaign last season.  

The dead collector was looking for relegated teams to put on his pile of condemned teams and the majority of critics, football experts and fans were adamant that the Lions would be joining them.  

There were moments where we showed signs of life and telling the cart puller that we were still alive, but those victories over the festive period against Reading, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town were quickly forgotten when we had disappointing defeats against the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End and Hull City.  

The Den

The uninspiring draws with Rotherham United, QPR and Sheffield Wednesday had us looking over our shoulders for the majority of the campaign and we knew exactly how Brian was feeling when he was condemned to his fate while others around him were singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” to try and make him forget about his impending doom.

Millwall managed to stay up in the second tier of English football for a third consecutive season, but after experiencing the 2017-18 effort which saw us flirt with the play-off places, the year that followed felt like our players on the field were screaming “Run away!” at any sign of danger rather than face it head on and the seat in Zampa Road were as loud as two halves of a coconut banged together to replicate horses’ hooves.

Although it felt like our arms and legs had been cut off at the time, hopefully this will just prove to be just a flesh wound and Neil Harris’ rebuild will be as beautiful as a shrubbery and not as ineffective as trying to cut down the mightiest tree with a herring.  

Neil Harris is a club legend and last season aside, he has brought out the best in the team and fans in recent years, but lets just hope we all stick together in our large Judean People’s Front, rather than turn against our manager and look for a People’s Front of Judea to take over.

The Millwall Supporters’ Club

The Millwall Supporters’ Club (MSC) was founded as a way for all Millwall fans to have their voices heard and are represented if they have any issues or concerns that need to be raised with directly with the club.

The MSC had a recent overhaul and we now have those who specifically liaise with fans overseas, manage all media and interview requests, arrange meetings with the national lead in football policing and we also have representation on the Football Supporters’ Association and the Metropolitan Police IAG meetings.

Along with the men’s team, we work closely with the Millwall Lionesses and now officially work in voluntary roles where we manage all match day media, business and marketing requests and all other administration tasks that go with the running of the women’s football club.

You can find out more information about the MSC by visiting their website while you can keep up to date with everything they are involved with by following them on Twitter.

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